Briefs: Materials
Self-Healing, Fluid-Inspired Material

Even tiny cracks can cause bridges to collapse, pipelines to rupture, and fuselages to detach from airplanes due to hard-to-detect corrosion in tiny cracks, scratches, and dents. A new coating strategy for metal self-heals within seconds when scratched, scraped, or cracked. The novel material could prevent...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Laser Ranging Can See 3D Objects Melting in Fires

Optical range measurements, already used in manufacturing and other fields, may help overcome practical challenges posed by structural fires, which are too hot to measure with conventional...

Many devices use light to probe the quantum states of atoms in a vapor confined in a small cell. Atoms can be highly sensitive to external conditions, and therefore make superb detectors....

Products: RF & Microwave Electronics
Product of the Month: April 2019 Tech Briefs

nanotron, Munich, Germany, introduced 360° Edge Analytics tools and location-aware wireless sensors for manufacturing and healthcare. The products automatically extract event information...

Special Reports: Aerospace
RF & Microwave Electronics - April 2019

In this compendium of recent articles from the editors of Aerospace & Defense Technology and Tech Briefs, read about how high-frequency electronics advances are enabling new applications in space...

Special Reports: Automotive
Automotive Manufacturing - April 2019

Factories are getting smarter thanks to advances in robotics, analytics, simulation, metrology and more. To help you keep pace with the latest developments, we present this compendium of recent articles...

Special Reports: Medical
Medical Manufacturing - April 2019

How are advances in 3D printing, robotic assembly, molding and other fabrication technologies shaping the future of medical device manufacturing? Find out in this Special Report – a compilation of recent...

The power supplies are designed for harsh environments and hazardous locations.
Cobots can help manufacturers automate tasks both known or unknown, says engineer Israel Nunez.
INSIDER: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Self-Contained Wheel Units Cut Vehicle Costs

Vehicles could be affordably produced for a wide variety of specialized purposes using a self-contained wheel unit that combines a wheel and an electric motor with braking, suspension,...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
Robots Quickly Track Moving Objects with Precision

Robots using a system of RFID tags can locate tagged objects within 7.5 milliseconds on average with an error of less than a centimeter. TurboTrack could replace computer vision for some...

The MIT system can monitor the behavior of electronic devices within a building, a factory – and even a 270-foot Coast Guard cutter.
Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Have You Used Sleep Tech Products?

This month’s Here’s an Idea podcast featured a variety of Sleep Tech products, including the Hupnos snore-preventing sleep mask, the temperature-controlled Ooler mattress, and the brain-activity-monitoring Dreem headband. Listen to our episode to learn more about each of the inventions.

White Papers: Connectivity
Meet the Future: Edge Programmable Industrial Controllers

For today's controls engineers, new demands to use and share data present three main challenges: security, complexity, and expense. These IIoT or data-intensive automation...

White Papers: Defense
COM Express Type 7 Carrier Boards: The Hot Rod of Embedded Computing

COM Express Type 7 Carrier Boards provide Industry 4.0 solutions for surveillance, industrial edge computing and Big Data network applications, especially in...

Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is diagnosed in more than 130,000 people globally every year. Now, work is being done on a tool to help in its early detection: a simple, compact...

The 2020 eXploration Systems and Habitation (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge supports NASA’s efforts to develop technologies and capabilities that will enhance the human...

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago discovered several unique properties of materials known as phase-switching liquids (PSLs) that hold promise as...

White Papers: Defense
Navigating Hard Case Protective Packaging Standards

When designing a reusable packaging solution it is important to consider how the container will both protect the contents and hold up after repeated use. There are multiple design and...

White Papers: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Flexible Substrates for Smart Sensor Applications

The requirements for smart sensors are manifold: miniaturized, highly reliable and integrated, cost-effective, hermetic and biocompatible for medical applications. DYCONEX has developed novel...

A reader asks: What types of considerations need to be made before you go in on collaborative robots?
The sensor supports new ideas in food-quality control, environmental monitoring, and more.
White Papers: Medical
Find Your Best Way to Move Equipment Weighing Thousands of Pounds

How do you choose the right system to move equipment weighing thousands of pounds or multiple tons? What is the best option for safe, efficient, cost-effective load moving...

White Papers: Electronics & Computers
How Unique Cable and Connector Solutions are Taking 3D Printing to New Levels

Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, is decades old but the industry today is quite challenging. 3D printing enables rapid prototyping, quick-turn designs, and...

Podcasts: Test & Measurement
Here's an Idea: Sleep
When it comes to a better night’s sleep, what role should technology play – if any at all?
White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
Connectivity for Next-Generation Mobility

Powertrain electrification and automation will pave the way for a new generation of all-electric, fully autonomous vehicles. At the same time, cloud, big data, and analytics technologies will enable...

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
Enhancing Autonomous Vehicle Interior Design with Proven Access Solutions

As drivers begin to transition to autonomous vehicles, automotive designers must create functional interior spaces that not only provide comfort, but also build trust...

It took two and a half years, 60 prototypes, and even some of his children’s craft foam, but Curtis Ray turned his idea into invention.

Generating comprehensive molecular images of organs and tumors in living organisms can be performed at ultra-fast speed using a new deep learning approach to image reconstruction...

Webcasts

On-Demand Webinars: Electronics & Computers

Helping HEV/EV Batteries Go the Distance and Stay Cool Under Pressure

Upcoming Webinars: Test & Measurement

Standardization for Automated-Vehicle Testing and Simulation

Upcoming Webinars: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Rotary Position Sensing for EV Powertrain Applications

Upcoming Webinars: Automotive

Best Practices for Avoiding Systematic Faults and Handling Random...

Upcoming Webinars: Robotics, Automation & Control

How to Identify Good Collaborative Robot Projects

Upcoming Webinars: Transportation

Commercial Vehicle Electrification: Still on Track?

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